Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”, These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects. Unlike most of the other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires. Length 9″, wingspan 24″. Photo: Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, OR. 7/3/2008
Archive for March, 2014
Indian Plum “Oemleria cerasformis” Rose Family (Rosaceae). Perennial, shrub 3-15′ tall, plants have either male flowers or female flowers, flowers greenish white or white, fragrant but somewhat skunky, male plants have stamens, female plants have flowers with pistils and produce edible plum colored fruit are enjoyed by the birds but they are not a favorite for humans. Blooms in early spring along forest edges from the Cascade Mts. to the coast in OR & WA. Flower photo: Near Rainier, OR 3/13/2010 & Fruit photo: 4/27/2007
Spotted Coralroot “Corallorrhiza maculata” Orchid Family (Orchidacae). Perennial, plant 8-20″ tall, the lower petal is white with purple spots and the upper petals and sepals are reddish to purple. These plants are saprophytic and rely on specific fungi for nutrients. Blooms in early summer in deep woods in OR & WA. Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, OR. 7/16/2008
Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii”, Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, plants 6-12″ tall. Flowers lavender, occasional magenta or white, 3/4 to 1″ diameter, blooms in early spring in moist open areas that dry out in summer. Widespread in the Pacific northwest with the exception of N.W OR and S.W. WA. Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA 3/18/2014.
Bachelor’s Button “Centaurea cyanus” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Annual, plant 1-3′ tall, flowers blue, pink, purple or white and outer disk flowers are quite showy. Blooms all summer in meadows or disturbed area in grasslands in Western OR & WA and Cascades and N.E. OR & S.E. WA. Non-native. Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA. 4/20/2005